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June Life In Fethiye – With A Generous Dose Of July

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It was all going so well!

We’d just got our monthly Fethiye news updates back to a nice monthly cycle. And then the end of June, beginning of July got really busy.

And here we are with a good chunk of July already behind us. Such is life…

Let’s have a catch up of what’s been going on over the last six weeks or so since our last round up.

Fighting Forest Fires

A passionate hatred for forest fires; especially after last year’s fires that engulfed much of the Mediterranean coast.

This year, there is a more heightened level of alert.

Muğla Büyükşehir Belediyesi have mobile fire fighting units set up in Fethiye, Bodrum, Milas and Seydikemer for the hot weather period.

We had a small forest fire in Fethiye above the Karagözler on 6th June. The fire fighting helicopter was straight onto it. So, thankfully, the fire was soon extinguished.

On June 21st, the Hisarönü area of the Bozburun Peninsula, near Marmaris, was then engulfed with a huge forest fire.

Same area as last year’s fires, similar time of year. Just sickening to watch it all happen all over again.

This time, forest fire planes were able to be deployed and the TOMAs (police anti-riot vehicles with powerful water cannons) were out straight away.

They helped the effort alongside firefighting teams and other personnel from the local area and elsewhere in Turkey.

It was a long job, but it was eventually extinguished after a few days. Local firefighting teams stayed on to dampen the area down.

Dare we say it – fingers and toes crossed – no more significant fires in the area since then.

But we’re very conscious of the fact that we have a full summer ahead of us.

Tweet from the belediye – call 112 emergency if you see a fire

Our local belediye (council) are running an online hashtag #YangınÖnlemekSeninElinde – Fire Prevention Is In Your Hand.

This is backed by images and phrases: Don’t throw your cigarette butts and Don’t throw glass (bottles).

With thousands more people in the area over the current extended Kurban Bayramı holiday period, councils are keen to get the message out that we must be careful. And do everything we can to protect the local environment.

Beach Life – But Not As We Know It

A bit of a hoo haa in June when some of the camps and beach clubs along Koca Çalış were abruptly closed and partly demolished because they were illegal.

There one day. Gone the next.

We’ve removed those beaches from our Fethiye Beaches page.

Koca Çalış Beach, Fethiye
Koca Çalış Beach was part of the local news in June

Don’t worry, the likes of Yücel and Güven’s are still there. We lost a handful just further along the beach, where the tents were popping up en masse.

And then, further along, still, the likes of Surf Beach and Zentara – that stretch – they’re all open, too.

Apparently, the area that has been cleared is going to be made into a council-run beach.

As there’s not much action on this, yet, we guess that will be a winter project.

Recycle To Feed The Street Dogs & Cats

If you’re someone who likes to feed the street animals when you’re in Fethiye, you can now do this by also doing your bit for the environment.

We now have two pet food dispensers along Fethiye harbour.

It’s really simple: Put 5 pieces of recycling into the machine (glass, plastic or metal) and a little bag of pet food will be dispensed for you to use.

One of the machines is situated along the harbour between Denizatı Restuarant and Fethi Bey Park. the other one is closer to town, on the harbour, backing onto Beşkaza Meydanı (the big square with the statue of Atatürk).

A Trip To Kayaköy

When you’re living day to day life, morning run, doing the food shopping etc, it’s easy to just settle into that.

You forget that you’ve not taken time out to enjoy really enjoy the locality and all that Fethiye has to offer in a while.

Kayaköy Upper Church
A long overdue wander around Kayaköy in June

We hadn’t been to Kaya village in a while so we decided to jump on the dolmuş and go for a wander around the ruins and the village. And eat a gözleme.

A change of scenery!

There was a little bit of method to our impromptu day out, too, of course. We’ve now rewritten a whole new, up-to-date, guide to Kayaköy.

That was the big new addition to the blog for June. These things take time.

And A Trip To Rhodes

And then, towards the end of June came the culprit which has sent all our timings for this article awry.

No regrets or complaints, though!

Rhodes Town, Greece
A short break in Rhodes at the end of June

Since the beginning of the pandemic we hadn’t left Turkish shores. So we had a short break on the Greek island of Rhodes.

It was much needed. And much appreciated!

We did lots of exploring. So we’ll be writing articles about that over the coming weeks and months as it’s such an easy hop over from Fethiye or Marmaris for a day trip or short break.

In The Kitchen

What can we say?

That time of year is upon us where we really need to consult our appetites before we eat.

It’s hot!

Rose Börek Recipe
Gül böreği or rose borek – lovely with potato and spinach filling

Barry’s worse than me.

He really loses his appetite in hot and humid weather so we tend to have a few meze dishes on the go rather than bigger one-plate meals.

In June we added our gül böreği recipe to our ever growing list of Turkish recipes. A small pastry always goes down well for me!

As the filling in this one is potato and spinach, this börek is also part of our vegetarian and vegan recipes collection.

Other than that, it’s been lots of salads. Gavurdağı salad and green bean salad have been regulars.

Melon season is also upon us. What can be more refreshing and cooling than a cheese and melon salad?

Fethiyespor Group & Fixtures

Yes, we might be in summer holiday mode but the football world is getting ready for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Last season, Fethiyespor won promotion to 2. Lig.

2. Lig is divided into two groups (Kırmızı-Red and Beyaz-White) and on June 30th, the draw took place to decide which teams would be in which group.

Fethiyespor were drawn in Kırmızı Grup – Red Group.

The club management committee has been decided, transfers are taking place, the fixtures are out. It’s all go.

The season starts on August 28th and we are away to Zonguldak, way up on the Black Sea coast.

We’ll be updating all of our Fethiyespor information in the next few weeks…

And Finally…

Just an update for this section, today.

In May, you might remember we had a blissful few days in the mountain air at Nif Highland Retreat.

This is our friends’ place that they are renting out for short stays.

Nif Spring Flowers
Chill out in the Nif mountain air

The cottage we stayed in is for 2 people but they now have a stunner of a cottage that sleeps 4 people and has views like this.

If you fancy a night or few in the mountains, you can see photos of the cottage in this post on their Facebook page. (Disclaimer: No commission for this or anything. just a plug for our friends’ place that we really like).

And that’s about it.

It’s Sunday, so we’re gonna take ourselves off to the Sunday Market in Çalış and stock up on summer seasonal produce.

We’re sure we’ll have lots more news for you in the coming weeks. Nothing stays still in Fethiye for too long…

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Sunday 10th of July 2022

Hi. I am from the U.S. and unfortunately have never been to the Mediterranean of Middle East although one day I wish to go. Honestly, One of the things that has held me back are the dogs loose on the streets. I am an animal lover and my heart would break to see abandoned dogs that would love to belong to a family. A solution to this would be spaying / neutoring and that would cut back on the animal population running the risk of being hit by a car, getting heart worms or going hungry. I understand that the actor Baris Arduc is working on this by giving abandoned, and stray dogs homes.

Keep sending the beautiful articles and pictures and hopefully one day my dream will come true.

God bless,

Emma C.

Turkey's For Life

Monday 11th of July 2022

Hi Emma, Turkey operates a 'neuter and return' scheme and although some councils operate the system better than others - here in Fethiye, it's quite good - street dogs and cats are picked up to be spayed and nutered. They're then dropped off back into their areas. Vets also treat street animals for free. It is also against the law to harm the street animals. It's far from perfect but in many areas, they are much loved and all have names. Our local council has areas where there are kennels for any dogs or cats to sleep in winter and food and water is also left for them. Lots of local businesses and homeowners also feed and water them and shelter them in winter. Hope you get to visit this area soon. :)

Dr. Jake Henderson

Sunday 10th of July 2022

ncelleme için teşekkürler! Lütfen huzurlu bir yazın tadını çıkarın!

Turkey's For Life

Monday 11th of July 2022

Teşekkür ederiz. Size de. :)

DR. Jake Henderson

Sunday 10th of July 2022

notlarınızı okumak her zaman keyifli bir tatil!

Turkey's For Life

Monday 11th of July 2022


arlene Jeffrey

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Hi, not been to Fethiye for about 4/5 years. Coming end of month.

Just wondering if still allowed to use hotel pools as our apartments don't have.

Obviously purchase lunch/drinks etc. Would you know if allowed or not?

Staying Taşyaka think area is called. Used to go to Marina Vista, but not allowing after pandemic?


Turkey's For Life

Monday 11th of July 2022

Hi Arlene, thanks a lot for your comment. Not sure about Fethiye hotels but Akkent Hotel between Fethiye and Çalış allow you to use the pool if you spend 75 TL per person. It's next to the big courthouse. In Fethiye itself, Hotel Unique and Yacht Classic used to allow it - there was a fee for Yacht Classic - bıt again, not sure about their post-pandemic system, sorry.

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